Reigning National Women’s Soccer League MVP Sophia Smith scored in the 22nd minute and the defending champion Portland Thorns opened the season with a 4-0 victory at home over the Orlando Pride on Sunday.
The Portland Thorns will take on the San Diego Wave Sunday in the National Woman Soccer League’s semi-final game, the first time playing at home since the Yates Report unveiled widespread abuse in the league.
The management and owner of the Portland Thorns have been facing a lot of controversy lately, but on Tuesday, the club announced they’ll be donating at least $100,000 to three local organizations benefiting young girls.
The Oregon Youth Soccer Association is ending its partnership with the Thorns and Timbers following the release of the devastating report detailing systemic abuse within the National Women’s Soccer League.
Two executive leaders with the Portland Thorns and Timbers were fired amid an investigation that they were aware of alleged sexual and emotional abuse by former coach Paul Riley and they failed to take appropriate action.
Like the Timbers and Blazers on Thursday and Friday, the Thorns took that next step towards playing again by allowing players to work out on the field with staggered arrivals and departures at Providence Park on Saturday.